Dedham Master Plan

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Designing Dedham 2030 is a town-wide master planning process that will provide the basis for decision-making in Dedham for the next 10 years. The Dedham community will evaluate the town's strengths and challenges and envision the type of community Dedham would like to be in the future.

This plan will be developed through a public process engaging the community’s residents, business owners, and leadership and will be built upon research, analysis, and community involvement. Designing Dedham will include a robust community engagement process with many chances for Dedham community members to get involved through public meetings and forums, online engagement, pop-ups at public events, and more. A robust public process will ensure that the final plan reflects the needs of all residents.

Designing Dedham will set a community vision, goals, and implementation steps, considering:

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Land Use

Identify desired development patterns, density, and locations for new residential, commercial, industrial, and/or mixed-use growth.

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Housing

Identify current and future housing needs based on economic trends and decide what changes will be necessary for Dedham to meet those needs.

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Economic Development

Evaluate economic resources, including the Route 1/Providence Highway Corridor, anticipate retail and commercial trends, and identify how to expand Dedham's economic base.

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Transportation

Analyze current and proposed future transportation, focusing on commuting patterns, pedestrian and bike infrastructure, Complete Streets, parking, and traffic on major streets.

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Natural, Cultural, & Historic Resources

Identify policies and programs to protect and manage natural, cultural, and historic resources, incorporating sustainability, climate change, and resilience planning.

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Municipal Facilities and Services

Inventory and forecast needs for public facilities, infrastructure, and services such as the water system, emergency services, roads and sidewalks, schools, and other facilities.

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Governance

Dedham's voluntary and elected boards are a critical part of Dedham's ability to meet the needs of residents. Ensure these boards are structured, resourced, and supported.

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Zoning

Determine necessary changes to the Zoning Bylaws and Maps to implement the goals and recommendations of the Master Plan.

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Public Health & Livability

All elements of the Master Plan will incorporate public health and livability considerations.

Questions?

Contact Dedham Planning Director Jeremy Rosenberger at jrosenberger@dedham-ma.gov
or MAPC Principal Planner Josh Fiala at jfiala@mapc.org.

Updates, News, and Upcoming Events

Poster Campaign

A colorful series of posters are popping up around Dedham, prompting residents to answer questions about their personal experiences and dreams for the future of the town. Residents will see four different posters – with four different prompts – in locations across town, including parks, businesses, sidewalks and walkways.

Can't get out to search for the posters? Click below to answer the questions!

News and Updates

Upcoming Committee Meetings

Check Dedham Town Calendar for more information!

COVID-19

We know these are not normal times: envisioning next week is tough, never mind imagining what our community might look like in 10 years. But Dedham is a town that emphasizes the importance of engaging residents about their future. For Designing Dedham, we're testing out a model for virtual community feedback. If you like that idea and want to be part of our online community engagement pilot, we welcome your participation and are here to listen to what you have to say. If you don't have the bandwidth to participate in our first workshop or survey, we'll have more opportunities to participate and give feedback throughout this process.

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Dedham Demographics and Data

Population Data

Population Growth

Population = 25,377

Dedham's total population has been growing, up 8% between 2000 and 2017. MAPC's 2016 Regional Growth Projections estimated that the population will reach 26,562 in 2030 under the "Status Quo" scenario.

Race

From 2000 to 2017, Dedham saw a 12% increase in racial diversity.

78.5% Non-Hispanic White
8.4%   Hispanic or Latino
7.8%   Non-Hispanic Black or African American
2.6%   Asian
1.7%   Two or more races
0.9%   Other race

Household Types

Almost 10,000 households live in Dedham.

The average household size is 2.47, compared to 2.53 in Massachusetts and 2.58 in the United States.

69% of units are owner-occupied
31% of units are renter-occupied

 

Youth and Seniors

21% of Dedham's total population is under 20 years old.

44% of Dedham households have school-aged children.

26% of Dedham's populations are 60 or older. This population saw a 30% increase from 2000 to 2017 and is projected to increase more.

5.8% of Dedham households consist of seniors living alone.

 

Socioeconomic Data

Education

Dedham has a high level of educational attainment:

  • 94.4% of the population over 25 has a high school degree or higher
  • 54.2% of the population of 25 has an associate degree or higher
  • 47.5% have a bachelor's or higher
  • 20.2% have a master's degree or higher
  • 2.5% have no high school
  • 6.3% have some high school

 

Housing Cost

The median sale price for a single-family residence in Dedham is $461,150.

35.7% of households in Dedham are cost-burdened, spending more than 30% of their income on housing costs.
56.2% of renter households in Dedham are cost-burdened.

14.7% of households in Dedham are severely cost-burdened, spending more than 50% of their income on housing costs.
25% of renter households in Dedham are severely cost-burdened.

 

Household Types

Almost 10,000 households live in Dedham.

The average household size is 2.47, compared to
2.53 in Massachusetts and
2.58 in the United States.

69% of units are owner-occupied
31% of units are renter-occupied

 

Youth and Seniors

21% of Dedham's total population is under 20 years old.

44% of Dedham households have school-aged children.

26% of Dedham's populations are 60 or older. This population saw a 30% increase from 2000 to 2017 and is projected to increase more.

5.8% of Dedham households consist of seniors living alone.

 

Income

Median Household Income in Dedham: $89,514 (about $23,000 less than the area median income (AMI) for the Greater Boston region)

12.4% of non-family households are in poverty

2.23% of family households are in poverty

Transportation
  • 79.1% of Dedham commuters drive to work - 89.6% of them drive alone.
  • 10.8% take public transit to work.
  • 3.6% walk to work and 0.2% commute by bicycle.

The average travel time for workers aged 16 or older is 30.4 minutes.

  • 91.8% of households in Dedham have at least 1 vehicle.
  • 38.4% have two vehicles.
  • 11.6% have three vehicles.

What We've Done So Far

Community Open Houses

Economic Development and Transportation

December 7, 2020

Housing, Public Health/Livability, and Natural, Cultural, & Historical Resources

January 26, 2021

Governance, Community Facilities and Services, and Land Use

March 30, 2021

Two Surveys

Initial Survey

We received over 1,100 responses (a Dedham participation record!) to the initial community survey, which was open from March to April 2020.

Learn more about the survey results in this presentation.

 

Topic Areas Survey

In the Topic Areas Survey, we asked for specific feedback on the challenges and opportunities in each of the plan's topic areas. We received almost 800 responses for the survey, which closed on June 30, 2020. Look out for survey results soon!

Virtual Visioning Workshop

Designing Dedham Virtual Visioning Workshop

The Designing Dedham Master Plan Visioning Workshop was held online on Saturday, April 4, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Timeline

APRIL 2020 TO
JUNE 2020

Visioning

Events:

  • Saturday, April 4
    Visioning Workshop
  • Presentation to Planning Board and/or Select Board

JULY 2020 TO
OCTOBER 2020

Setting Goals

Events:

NOVEMBER 2020 TO
MARCH 2021

Defining Strategies

Events:

  • Topic-Area Community Open Houses
  • Presentation to Planning Board and/or Select Board

APRIL 2021 TO
OCTOBER 2021

Plan Draft

Events:

  • Final Forum on Draft Plan
  • Pop-ups at summer events
  • Comment period

Other Engagement:

  • Town-wide visioning survey (click here)
  • Online Visioning Workshop (access at the top of the page)

Other Engagement:

  • Focus groups
  • Poster campaign

Other Engagement:

Other Engagement:

  • Presentation of final plan to Planning Board and Select Board
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Documents & Resources

Past Plans

Dedham Climate Action and Resilience Plan (2020)

In development

Mixed Use Development Study (2020)

In development

Housing Study (2020)

In development

Providence Highway: Create a Better Corridor (2020)

In development

Events

COMMUNITY FORUMS:

April 4, 2020
Virtual Visioning Session
Online Webex Meeting

  • Watch the recording:

December 7, 2020
Community Open House: Economic Development & Transportation
Zoom Meeting

January 26, 2021
Community Open House: Housing, Public Health/Livability, and Natural, Cultural, & Historic Resources
Zoom Meeting

March 30, 2021
Community Open House: Governance, Community Facilities and Services, and Land Use
Zoom Meeting

Steering Committee Meetings:

Expand for presentations, documents, and recordings.

Other Documents

Stay tuned for more documents as Design Dedham gets underway.

Our Outreach Working Group!
Our Outreach Working Group!

Thanks To Our Partners

Master Plan Committee Members:

The Master Plan Committee is made up of representatives from the Planning Board, Select Board, School Committee, Parks and Recreation Commission, as well as several members at large who were appointed by either the Planning Board or Select Board.

The Committee members are:

  • Margaret Adams Whitfield
  • James Antonizick
  • Dieckmann Cogill
  • Tye Donahue
    Parks and Recreation Commission
  • Josh Donati
    School Committee
  • Nathan Gauthier
  • Dan Hart
  • Justin Humphreys
  • Dan Maher
    Co-Chair
  • Sarah MacDonald
    Select Board
  • Shaw McDermott
  • Jay O’Brien
    Planning Board
  • Alix O’Connell
    Co-Chair
  • Jessica Porter
    Planning Board
  • Sharna Small Borsellino
  • Scott Steeves
  • Andrew Tittler

Questions?

Contact Dedham Planning Director Jeremy Rosenberger at jrosenberger@dedham-ma.gov
or MAPC Principal Planner Josh Fiala at jfiala@mapc.org.